War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0408 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Blick House, Weldon Railroad, August 22, 1864-1.45 p.m.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Cavalry:

The commanding general has just received a dispatch from Lieutenant-General Grant, stating that 2,500 cavalry were seen moving to Petersburg from the north side of the Appomattox, which it is surmised are destined to operate against our forces on or near the Weldon railroad. Keep your command well in hand.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

Gurley House, August 22, 1864-5.25 p.m.

Brigadier General D. McM. GREGG,

Commanding Cavalry:

If the enemy have possession of Reams' Station the commanding general directs that you move with your cavalry and drive them from it, in co-operation with the division of infantry of the Second Corps now on the railroad. You will, of course, at once send sufficient cavalry to the station to ascertain whether it is held in any force by the enemy. The operation of destroying the railroad will be continued as long as it is practicable for a day or two.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

August 22, 1864-6 p.m.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Colonel Spear has just returned from his reconnaissance and reports having driven the enemy's cavalry, about 300 or 400, from Wyatt's across the country in the direction of Petersburg; his pursuit was stopped by a bridge which the enemy destroyed after having passed it. Colonel Spear learned from negroes that the enemy's infantry last night moved back to a road in rear of the Bohn [Vaughan?] road.

Yours, respectfully,

D. McM. GREGG,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Second Division.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS,

August 22, 1864-8.40 p.m.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS:

Brigadier General D. McM. Gregg has advanced cavalry to Reams' Station and finds nothing there, but learns that the enemy have one brigade of cavalry at a creek three miles beyond.

W. HARPER, JR.,

Captain and Assistant Provost-Marshal, Second Cavalry Division.